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Private universities can rescue Nigeria’s educational system from total collapse – VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Summit University, Offa, Kwara State, Professor Abiodun Musa Aibinu, says private universities have what it takes to eliminate some of the challenges facing the Nigerian university system.

Professor Aibinu, who made the assertion during a lecture on an online Professional platform, said if private universities could rise to the occasion, a number of the problems bedeviling the system would become “a thing of the past”.

In his discussionof the topic “Private Universities in Nigeria and the Nigerian Educational system: prospects and problems”,

Professor Eseyim listed many challenges facing Nigerian universities, including population and growing demand, inadequate infrastructure, obsolete teaching and learning materials, poor implementation of the learning curriculum, and poor quality elementary and secondary education, among others.

The professor of Mechatronics Engineering added that the absence of mentoring system, zero innovation culture, poor reward system, non-availability of an innovation ecosystem, and annual final year project rituals are part of the challenges facing the country’s educational sector.

“As of March 30, 2022, only 217 universities exist in Nigeria, with 111 private, 49 federal and 57 states,” he enumerated.

Professor Aibinu, who is one of the youngest Vice-Chancellors in the country, opined that to revive the decay in the university educational system in Nigeria,  private universities should be adequately funded, provision of adequate facilities and equipment and retain the best brains in the system. 

The Professor, who was appointed Vice-Chancellor last month,  insisted that the future of education, especially in the next 20 years, must involve knowledge and learning, while educators must be entrepreneurial. 

Reporting by Hamza Alkali; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor